The Horticulture Staff are committed to exploring new turf alternatives that are Chafer Beetle resistant, drought tolerant, provide visual merit and work symbiotically in our environment.
We strategically chose five of the hardest hit areas and then removed the top layer of turf (what was left of it). We added a fresh layer of soil (4” depth). From there we seeded with a tall fescue grass and micro clover. The seed had fully germinated within 3 weeks and provided us with a stunning, thick, lush turf alternative!
Why Micro Clover:
- Remains greener much longer than grasses do in drought conditions.
- Needs less fertilizer and maintenance in general while looking natural and sustainable
- Greatly improves the wear tolerance of lawns
- Brighter green earlier and later in the year. It has a good summer colour, as it is particularly resistant to drought because of its deep rooting system
- Thick and green throughout the growing season but will become dormant and brown throughout in the winter. Therefore, we added Tall Fescue so the turf will have a green winter cover.
Selected City Locations:
Pilot #1 – Eagle Creek Traffic Island (Full Sun)
Pilot #2 – Parkside Drive Median (Shade)
Pilot #3 – City Works Yard (Partial Shade)
Pilot #4 – Wilkes Creek Traffic Island (Full Sun)
Pilot #5 – City Hall Traffic Island (This area was contaminated and is no longer being monitored)
Last updated: 05/05/2016 2:20:43 PM